Tadeusc D. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2316) interviewed by Ira Glick and Elizabeth Jacob
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1922
- Interview Date
- April 5, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Tadeusc D. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2316). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Tadeusc D., a Roman Catholic, who was born in Łuków, Poland in 1921. He recalls growing up in Łuków, Kock, and Toruń; separation from Jews in elementary school; admiring the vitality of the Jewish community; antisemitic incidents; German invasion in 1939; arrest of Polish leaders; anti-Jewish measures; printing leaflets for the underground with his brother; their arrest; interrogations in Warzyn; transfer to prison in Lublin where he and his brother were sentenced to death; their transfer to Auschwitz in January 1941, and several weeks later to Flossenbürg; forced labor; his brother's execution; hospitalization; recovering from typhus with help from friends; and liberation by United States troops in April 1945. Mr. D. describes marriage in a displaced persons camp in Germany; moving to Belgium; and emigrating to the United States. He discusses the importance of making quick decisions, belonging to a group, and humor to survival; his terror and sense of emptiness in concentration camps; not knowing about the mass killing of Jews; his "split world-view" and the ever present pain of camp survivors; recurring nightmares; reluctance to share his experiences with his children; and aspiring to write about Polish-Jewish relations.